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CDRW question

I have a Memorex CRW-1622 CDRW. Using NTI CD-Maker Pro I copy files to a cdrw. It takes the files and changes all the files' attributes to read-only. When I copy these files from cd to hd the files are still read-only and I have to restore every files original attributes. This is time consuming. Is there a way around this?
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FeiCommented:
Just select all the files by pressing Ctrl + A, right click, hit properties, and uncheck read-only.
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at101497Author Commented:
Thanks, but I KNOW this....that's how I restore my files. I'm looking for a way around this. Like I don't care to do this for over 500 mbs of files in various directories.
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at101497Author Commented:
Please note: I want to copy files from my cd to my hd without changing the attributes manually.
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pwoolfordCommented:
It is probably the over way that you need to change the attributes, when you are copying to the CD.  If it is a re-writable CD that the attributes of the file should remain the same.  Check the set up of you CD software.
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jimmygiamCommented:
Is so sorry to say that this is the protocol or standard this kind of media storing files although it is CDRW.

It can be do so on software.  You can program a software yourself to do so if you really feel the need.
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at101497Author Commented:
I know this is the protocol for this type of media. But this doesn't answer my question. Maybe I need to rephrase my question.

What I want to do is backup my entire system to a cdrw. In case of a system crash I want to be able to restore my system from the cdrw. What this means is I would have to format my hd with the /s option and from a dos prompt copy the entire cd to the hd. Of course this won't work because all the copied files will have the wrong attributes. Do you see the problem now? What's the solution?
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pwoolfordCommented:
Some CD write software contains specific backup routines - does NTI CD-Maker Pro have this option?  Adaptec Easy CD Creator does.
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at101497Author Commented:
No
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jimmygiamCommented:
The software 'Backup Plus' which can be found in softseek.com is just what you want.
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abragerCommented:
Get winimage (free) from www.download.com, make an image of your hdd, and burn it onto cd.  if it's too big, just use winzip's disk span feature.
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at101497Author Commented:
this don't help
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abragerCommented:
Why not?
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tull77Commented:
Use dos command xcopy; it automatically kill the read only attribute (but in system files too).
Should it be good?
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jimmygiamCommented:
at, please dont say no this no that again and again.  I know you didnt try all those comments.  

I tried all and all does a good job.  Dont waste out time and effort.  We dont have so much effort to waste on you problem.

You problem can simply solved by any of the comment up there.  If you dont try our comment, please get out of here and cancel this question.

We hate you very much on your ignorance and we strongly feel like cheated!!
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boom23Commented:
Well i'm not sure if anyone here had mentioned this..hope i didnt miss any of the comments. Well first of all CD-ROM, as rom means read-only-memory. So whatever you put in cd-rom, they will become read only files. Now when you copy files off the cd-rom, those files will have read-only attributes and there's no way to change them within cd-rom. However you can change those attributes only when the files are transffered to HD. You can just right click on the folder and uncheck the read-only box, you don't have to ctrl-a select the whole files. As for HD backup software, I think power quest drive image does very good job of backing up the whold HD image. get a trial version here http://www.powerquest.com  choose drive image pro 3. Sorry i'm not an expert but hope this helps or hope this comment is right... LOL
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syzygyCommented:

Is the CDRW using the UDFS file system?  If not, it will behave like an ordinary CD-R, (IE: read only) except you can erase the disk and start over.


A program like Adaptec DirecCD lets you use a CDRW like 500 MB floppy disks.  You can drag and drop to them, save directly to them from applications, etc.  

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boom23Commented:
DirectCD is a big pain in the ass.
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boom23Commented:
Where's at at?.. LOL
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boom23Commented:
Hello??? At, how are u doin dude?
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steptoe09Commented:
the simple answer is NO you cannot change the attributes
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boom23Commented:
I thought I have mentioned that it's IMPOSSIBLE to change the attributes?
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fayebCommented:
Boom23 is correct on that account you cannot change the attributes because a CD Rom is read only if you want to do this and save all the attributes of the files why don't you just get a Zip drive and back the system  up onto zip disk its a lot more simply
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pharriesCommented:
You can not do what you want to do the way  you want to  do it!
So lets see if there is another way of doing it!
Essentially when you copy file you take attributes with you.
As mentioned above if you use back up software to make the original CD then you can restore the files with their original attributes.
NTI have such a program and you can download the software free from www.ntius.com.
It may even be included with your software.
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canUCmeCommented:
Under linux bash it would be easy to write script what would change file attributes.
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engeltjeCommented:
Sorry for not having the time to read all the postings. (and be so late to read your question)

I do backup my HD to a CDRW and get the original settings back. There are program files in the backup, from which some are read only and others may not be so.

I found out that I needed a compression program to create the backup. I use WinRar for this because it is easy to automatically back-up and restore through a batch file, and it seems to work for many platforms.

My harddisk gets into a single RAR file (you can use WinZip or so too, I prefer WinRar) and when I need to restore, I can extract the file back to my disk. There is nothing lost from the filesettings.

The RAR file on the disk is set to read only, but I don't care, the contents have there original settings in it...
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